College of Arts and Sciences
Surgery Residency, 1983, Michigan State University at Grand Rapids
M.D., 1978, Indiana University School of Medicine
B.A., 1974, Indiana University at Bloomington
Dr. Michael Pyle is passionate about missions. He and his wife, Nancy, served four years as medical missionaries to Swaziland for the Church of the Nazarene. They have also served for short terms in Haiti, Rwanda, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.
In summer 2010, they took two Olivet students on a mission trip to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea. It was a wonderful blessing for all concerned, so much so that they have returned annually with 10 to 14 students. Each trip combines a service project with observation time in the hospital and its clinics.
Dr. Pyle established a new course in human anatomy using human donors. In addition, he developed a relationship with Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, through which students participate in shadowing medical and dental practitioners. Last year, this program won a national award for excellence from the American Hospital Association. He also teaches medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology and biology seminar.
Before joining the ONU faculty in 2008, Dr. Pyle practiced surgery for 25 years at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana, serving terms as chief of surgery and chief of staff. In 2013, he received the Treat People Better Award from the hospital foundation. Board-certified in general surgery, he is a member of the American College of Surgeons. He continues to work part time as a surgeon and enjoys involving Olivet students when he does.
Dr. Pyle has served as a pastoral assistant, an associate pastor and as a member of the ONU Board of Trustees for five years prior to his joining the faculty.
Nancy earned her R.N. degree from Ball State University in 1978. In 2011, she completed a Master in Nursing Education degree at Olivet. She currently teaches in Olivet's School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The Pyles are the parents of three children, Matt, Nathan and Katie — all ONU graduates. They immensely enjoy their latest assignment as grandparents! Laura Leigh and Lauryn Elizabeth arrived in 2012, and Austin Mark was born in 2014.